The Methow Valley, home of North America’s largest groomed XC trail system, hosts the inaugural Ski to the Sun Marathon and Relay on January 26, 2019. The 40km freestyle point-to-point race begins in Mazama – a small town nestled on the eastern side of the spectacular North Cascades. The course cruises down the steep-sided valley and along the banks of the Methow River, across open farmland and through wooded hillsides, before an exhilarating climb to the spectacular finish at world-famous Sun Mountain Lodge and its trademark panoramic mountain views!
The event has something for everyone – so be sure to bring friends and family! A marathon for elites, masters and senior racers, and a 2- to 6-person relay for all skills and ages. Legs range from 1 to 11 km and offer a variety of challenges reflecting the varied nature of the Methow Valley trail system: flat and wide-open scenery, winding and rolling terrain, and solid climbing through the forest to finish.
Enjoy the festive atmosphere with bonfires, music and food at relay exchanges and aid stations, gourmet soup and fresh bread post-race, and a post-race party and awards ceremony Saturday evening – all included with your entry.
Come race the opening weekend of the 2019 American Ski Marathon Series, and experience mountainous beauty at only 2000 feet above sea level, in the valley that has been the training grounds for 4 Olympians at the past two winter games.
Register today at methowtrails.org